Timeless and Beloved Christmas Movies To Watch

Living in San Diego means you never really know what weather you will see at Christmas time. Christmas day can be a brisk 50 to a toasty 80+. It’s anybody’s guess! This year, I’m hoping for at least 1 toasty December day to fulfill my dream of an outdoor movie night around a fire with my loved ones.

Whatever the weather, here is a list of timeless and beloved Christmas movies to enjoy this holiday season:

  • Home Alone: A classic comedy about a young boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas.
  • Elf: A heartwarming comedy starring Will Ferrell as a human raised by elves who sets out to find his real father in New York City.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: A heartwarming tale about a man who learns the impact he has on his town and loved ones with the help of an angel.
  • The Polar Express: An animated adventure where a young boy embarks on a magical journey to the North Pole on the Polar Express train.
  • A Christmas Carol: Based on Charles Dickens’ novel, this story follows the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge after he’s visited by ghosts on Christmas Eve.
  • The Grinch: Whether you prefer the live-action version starring Jim Carrey or the animated adaptation, both offer a fresh take on the classic Dr. Seuss tale.
  • Love Actually: A romantic comedy that weaves together several love stories set in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: A hilarious comedy about the chaotic holiday preparations of the Griswold family.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Miracle on 34th Street: A heartwarming story about a young girl’s belief in Santa Claus and the man who claims to be the real deal.
  • White Christmas: A musical film featuring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a duo trying to save a failing inn by staging a grand Christmas show.
  • Die Hard: While a debate exists about whether it’s a true Christmas movie, this action-packed film set during a Christmas party has become a holiday favorite for some.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: A unique blend of Halloween and Christmas, this animated film follows Jack Skellington’s attempt to take over Christmas.
  • Four Christmases: A comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as a couple who are forced to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
  • The Santa Clause: A family comedy where Tim Allen accidentally becomes Santa Claus and has to take on the responsibilities of the role.

Remember, the best Christmas movie is the one that brings you the most joy and festive spirit! So, gather your loved ones, prepare some snacks, and enjoy these heartwarming films during the holiday season.